Many sleep apps lacking in basic information

Thursday, April 20, 2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Apps for sleep may not be going far enough to help users understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, researchers say. There are hundreds of apps available that use soothing sounds to help people fall asleep, but less than half of the apps researchers looked at offer information about sleep or its importance, according to the Voice of America. “We were surprised that some of the apps didn’t say anything about the recommended amount of sleep someone should get on a regular basis,” said Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois, who led the new analysis with colleagues at the New York University School of Medicine.